Periodically we’ll be sharing favorite military photos we’ve come across in putting together our various publications and the DMN website. These photos won’t necessarily be the newest or the most newsworthy, in any kind of chronological order, or even an equal representation of each service. They are photos that sometimes depict important events, sometimes illustrate the everyday service of men and women in the armed forces, and sometimes just struck us as being great compositions or arresting images.
Angels, HALOs, Firefights, Stallions, Sunsets, Sand, and Sweat | Military Photos
Completing 60 years of service, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, known as the "Ugly Angels," completed a memorial flight over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2012. The squadron was created in 1952, and holds the distinction of being the first Marine helicopter squadron to arrive in country during the Vietnam War. The 2012 deployment to Afghanistan is the last for the squadron, which will retire its Sea Stallions and await the CH-53K. DoD photo by Cpl. Isaac Lamberth, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar/3rd Marine Aircraft Wing The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is shown at the Lynnhaven anchorage off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., June 8, 2012. The Eagle participated in the Parade of Sail as part of Operation Sail 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Marin Capt. Brandon Cordill, left wingman of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies an F/A-18 Hornet over Baltimore during the Star Spangled Sailabration, which coincided with Baltimore Fleet Week 2012 and commemorated the War of 1812 and the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Josh Lee, an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief of Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii - Kaneohe Bay, performs pre-mission checks on an AAVR7A1 amphibious assault recovery vehicle July 12, 2012 during RIMPAC 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Meares U.S. Army Spc. Robert Zarlenga, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, fires his M4 carbine at insurgent forces June 15, 2012, near Joint Security Station Hasan, southern Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Zarlenga was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod, Task Force 1/82 PAO A sailor directs an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter as it prepares to shut down after landing aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Atherton Vandenberg Air Force Base fire fighter Chris Loung wipes sweat from his face while cutting a fire line on June 28, 2012 in the Mount Saint Francois area of Colorado Springs, Colo., while helping to battle several fires in Waldo Canyon. The Waldo Canyon fire had grown to 18,500 acres and burned more than 300 homes. More than 90 firefighters from the Academy, along with assets from Air Force Space Command; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and the local community were fighting the Waldo Canyon fire. U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock U.S. airmen, all combat controllers with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, perform a high-altitude, low-opening jump during a joint operational access exercise (JOAX) at Pope Field, N.C., Feb. 10, 2012. A JOAX is a joint airdrop exercise designed to enhance service cohesiveness between U.S. Army and Air Force personnel, allowing both services an opportunity to properly execute large-scale heavy equipment and troop movement. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tony R. Ritter A KC-135 Stratotanker with the 756th Air Refueling Squadron, Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility, Md., refuels a 1st Fighter Wing F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., off the east coast on July 10, 2012. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock Marine Corps military free fall instructors assigned to Marine Detachment Fort Bragg, release the ashes of Sgt. Brett Jaffe (1971-2012), a Marine rigger, above Phillips Drop Zone at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., July 26, 2012. "It was an honor and privilege to take this Marine on his last jump and give him a proper hail and farewell," said Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett. Marines in photo (clockwise, starting with the flag): Gunnery Sgt. Brian Boger, Gunnery Sgt. Mike Latham, Gunnery Sgt. Jimmy Smith, Staff Sgt. Lennie Castro, Staff Sgt. Seth Wright, Staff Sgt. Marty Rhett. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnny Gunn